World Cup Finals: Mikaela Shiffrin gets best of Tina Maze for Slalom title, but Maze wins 3 titles

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March 17:  Slovenian superstar Tina Maze may have clinched the World Cup Giant Slalom season crown in January, but that didn’t stop her from winning the final race of the season on Sunday (March 17) in Lenzerheide. The victory means Maze brought home three titles — Giant Slalom, Super G and Overall — while also setting the season record for overall points with 2,414 and for total podiums (24). Read more.

March 16: There is NO way an 18-year-old should be able to do what Mikaela Shiffrin did this season. Not only did she ski well enough all season to be in the hunt for the slalom season title going into the season’s final race, she was able to battle through the intense pressure to not only win the race but get the best of Tina Maze, who had a record-setting season. See how she did it with an amazing second run. Read more.

Weather 2, Ski Racing 0. That’s the score after heavy snow overnight and strong winds during the men’s Super G forced cancellation Thursday (March 14) of that race and the women’s competition in Lenzerheide at the World Cup Finals.

As a result,  Aksel Lund Svindal earned his second Cup title (adding Super G to Downhill) and Tina Maze added a third to her previous crowns in Overall and Giant Slalom. It was a reversal of fortune for Maze, who was virtually assured the Downhill season crown before fog canceled that race on Wednesday. The World Cup does not make up races at the Finals.

The cancellation was a disappointment for Julia Mancuso, who had a chance to catch Maze with a good showing (she trailed the Slovenian 420-365).  Here’s where to find start lists, live timing and results for all  races.

DOWNHILL

March 13: We’ve finally discovered someone who can keep Slovenian superstar Tina Maze from claiming another season title: Old Man Winter. When a storm canceled Wednesday’s (March 13) Downhill in Lenzerheide at the World Cup Finals, it meant Maze could not score any points,  giving the season crown to injured Lindsey Vonn by a single point.

The same thing happened to the men, meaning Aksel Lund-Svindal took the Downhill Globe over defending champion Klaus Kroell by 58 points.

It’s a bit of karmic payback for Vonn. She lost a chance to win the Overall crown two seasons ago in Lenzerheide when, just three points behind Maria Hoefl-Riesch, the final race was canceled and she was forced to take second. It’s an odd rule not to make up a race in the season’s final week, but if they apply it consistently, we suppose it’s OK. Read more.

And Vonn DID win three downhills before she was injured at the World Championships, so it’s not like the American didn’t deserve it. Plus, it keeps her streak of Downhill titles intact at six straight.

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